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African American Women and Obesity: Examining the Intersections of Race and Class
Knox-Kazimierczuk, Francoise Alihsa

2015, Doctor of Philosophy, Miami University, Educational Leadership.
African American women have the highest prevalence of obesity of any other group in the U.S. (CDC, 2009). The burden of obesity increases the risk of a number of chronic diseases, and debilitating complications. The aim of this paper is threefold; first the paper aims to investigate the current literature on African American women and obesity, second this paper examines psychosocial determinants of obesity for African American women, and lastly this paper examines the racial dynamics of obesity. The first chapter of this paper includes a literature review on African American women obesity from articles published in January 1990 through December 2013. The utilization of this timeframe coincides with the initiation of Healthy People 2000 and the goal to eliminate health disparities. For the purposes of chapters two and three of this paper the National Survey of American Life Self-Administered Questionnaire (NSAL-SAQ), a 2001–2003 nationally representative cross-sectional survey was used to extract data for self-identified African American women. The 2001-2003 NSAL-SAQ only included African American females at a BMI of 18.5 kg/m2 or greater (n = 2,100). Multiple regression analyses results showed being married (p = .000) and household income (p = .005) were significantly associated with BMI. Results indicated African American women with negative racial regard and who felt close in ideas and feelings to poor African Americans were significantly associated with increased BMI. These psychosocial parameters can have profound implications on weight for African American women and should be taken into consideration for weight loss interventions.
Denise Taliaferro-Baszile, PhD (Committee Chair)
Karly Geller, PhD (Committee Co-Chair)
Sherrill Sellers, PhD (Committee Member)
Lisa Weems, PhD (Committee Member)
123 p.

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